High school student eyes ‘best brain’ title

Carolina Cadena, a high school student from Kingston, will be competing against students from across the country in the CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee on Saturday in hopes of winning the title of “best brain” in Canada. Similar in structure to a spelling bee, the competition tests high school students’ knowledge of the field of neuroscience and the brain instead of words. Regardless of the outcome, Cadena said she has already won a bigger victory: discovering something she’s passionate about. “You think of a brain, everyone knows the brain is important, but the brain controls everything, essentially, right?” Cadena said, her eyes lighting up with animation as she talks about the science she has learned to love. “You think, before you study neuroscience, that the brain and the mind, the…

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